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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Spare key

Thinking about emergency spare keys, which I've always had hidden somewhere in my car. With the Clarity, if the key is in the car, anyone can start the car by just pressing the Start button. Great. But what if I want to hide a spare key somewhere (say, under the car in one of those magnetic key-holder things) just in case I lose my key? Doesn't that make the car available to anyone who wants to jump in and drive it away?
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Thinking about emergency spare keys, which I've always had hidden somewhere in my car. With the Clarity, if the key is in the car, anyone can start the car by just pressing the Start button. Great. But what if I want to hide a spare key somewhere (say, under the car in one of those magnetic key-holder things) just in case I lose my key? Doesn't that make the car available to anyone who wants to jump in and drive it away?
Doing this has always made the car available to anyone who can find the key.

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The remote should never be close to the vehicle unless it is shielded - it will cause problems locking, unlocking and starting the car - confusion between 2 remotes...

If you want to hide the remote, you will have find a RF shielded enclosure.
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The remote should never be close to the vehicle unless it is shielded - it will cause problems locking, unlocking and starting the car - confusion between 2 remotes...

If you want to hide the remote, you will have find a RF shielded enclosure.
I have heard of people wrapping it in foil and that seems to work, suppose it takes some experimentation to find out how much foil is needed.

If I remember correctly someone who did this also hid a spare key blade outside of the car. You can order blank Honda spare blades inexpensively and then pay a locksmith to cut it. The idea was that even in the rare event that a thief found the spare key blade and got into the car, they would then have to find the foil wrapped fob which was hidden somewhere inside the car.
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Doing this has always made the car available to anyone who can find the key.
I did this. I removed the key itself from my extra FOB and put it in a magnetic box and hid it under the car near the back. I then took the FOB and removed the battery, placed them in a zip bag and buried them in the glove box out of site. If I lose my FOB or lock it in I can retrieve my key, open the door and get my spare FOB out, put the battery in and be on my way. I have done this with several cars and seems to work well.
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Can you just pull a battery from the remote when you hide the remote? That seems pretty easy and unless someone finds the remote and finds the battery, it's unlikely they will take advantage of it.
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There was just a story in the news about a woman who had her Tesla key card implanted in her arm - anyone thought to do that with their Clarity fob?
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Guess I just go with the low-tech solution... leave the key fob in my pocket. You can't lock yourself out of the car if the fob is still inside the vehicle anyway.
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